The Latest On: The Wild
A federal judge in Washington D.C. rejected a plea made by timber industries to expand logging into the habitat of a threatened species. Marbled murrelets, which need old growth forest to nest, are listed on the Endangered Species Act and this was the timber industry's fourth attempt in the past decade to eliminate protections for the forests.
Communities around the nation are beginning to challenge energy companies and their plans to frack for natural gas. Stricter regulations are being set for fracking as U.S citizens become more aware of the negative impacts drilling has on their health and safety. With fracking on the rise, drill sites have edged closer to more populated towns and cities in New York and Pennsylvania, among others.
A plan to protect Atlantic herring from independent catch observers was rejected by The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Observers spoon herring out of the sea by the thousands, and other critical marine life is harmed during the process.
Roger Fleming, of the environmental legal group Earthjustice noted, "This is fairly absurd, even by government standards.”
It is rewarding to successfully wrap-up a case. This can be especially true when our work protects special places, preserving them for future generations. It is a pleasure to be able to point at a map and say, “Those are the places that were saved.”